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Journal: Forest Structure and Biomass of a Tropical Seasonal Rain Forest in Xishuangbanna, Southwest China

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Forest Structure and Biomass of a Tropical Seasonal Rain Forest in Xishuangbanna, Southwest China

JSTOR: Biotropica, Vol. 38, No. 3 (May, 2006), pp. 318-327

Stable URL:  http://www.jstor.org/stable/30043249


We chose this article in the Biotropica Journal in JSTOR because of its authority, accuracy, and purpose as this article is from a very credible and qualified study by numerous scientists. Its accurate as the study conducted relies on very good sources and is backed up by data/evidence. The journal study is interesting as it indicates information about the structure and biomass characteristics of particular species of trees in a specific location in the world, Xishuangbanna, Southwest China. 


In this article: locations, biome characteristics, plant characteristics, additional information

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Case Study: Human Effects on Tropical Forests

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The case study itself was a study on the effects that humans had on the tropical rain forests. The information is pretty current and is still relevant to the situations at hand right now. It appeal edit o all audiences and was a source that explored a different part of the biome, the one that was changing its ways through urban development. We chose this case study because of its use of exploring parts of the biome that was deteriorating due to the relationships between it and the human population.


It also described ways of solving these effects that were negatively changing the tropical rain forests such as sustainable development and alternative energy.


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News/Magazine: Tropical Forests prove resilient to Global Warming, while Deforestation and Fires are still a threat

News/Magazine: Tropical Forests prove resilient to Global Warming, while Deforestation and Fires are still a threat | Tropical Forest | Scoop.it

“ Tropical forests are less likely to lose biomass – plants and plant material - in response to greenhouse gas emissions over the twenty-first century than may previously have been thought, suggests a study published online this week in Nature...”


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Good article because it has authority and currency as the article discusses the findings of a recent case study composed of thousands of scientists throughout the world, and the article is recent as it is from this year citing a recent study measuring the status of Tropical Forests in the world.

 

Characteristics in Article: indicates the major problem facing the biome is Global Warming, deforestation and fires also threaten the forests 

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Encyclopedia/Informational: Tropical Forest Biome Characteristics

Encyclopedia/Informational: Tropical Forest Biome Characteristics | Tropical Forest | Scoop.it
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In the tropical rainforest website, the information was published in 1997, all of the pages on the site itself have been edited and changed up until 2012. Although it was revised last year, the information is constant for the topic so it's not outdated in a sense. The information is not superficial or biased because of its encyclopedic approach to the info, which is mostly intended for  school students or adults. Written by professor Susan L. Woodward of Geospatial science at Radford University, and edited by assistant professor of geospatial science Andrew Foy, the info is a scholarly piece of text.


We chose this due to its precise way of describing the biome in a variety of ways from the distribution of the forests to the types of fauna that is present in the biome. It summarized the tropical forest while putting specific pieces of information into it as well.


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Video: HowStuffWorks - Tropical Forest Biome Characteristics

Video: HowStuffWorks - Tropical Forest Biome Characteristics | Tropical Forest | Scoop.it
Constant hot weather and precipitation make the tropic biomes an ideal place for life; and many species of mammals, reptiles and insects call it home.
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Article is good because it is authoritative, relevant, accurate, and purposeful because it is from HowStuffWorks, which is a pretty recognizable source in terms of learning about things in the world. The video is made to teach people about the biome and its characteristics.

 

Article has: climate, locations, soil/water quality characteristics, plant/animal characteristics, some net productivity (NPP) info

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